09 December 2014

A Winter Kind Of Tuesday

Just returned from Hospital Hill from one of my appointments this week. Another one on Friday and two more next week. Then, I hope that will be it for the months. Feeling better since my iron numbers are moving in the right directions. My iron was way below normal, but taking three iron pills a day and it is helping.

My intention is to be whole and well !!!

Since I somehow managed to write my appointment down wrong, we got there three hours early for my appointment. I wasn't keen on sitting at the hospital for three hours, we went to Cheesecake Factory and consumed too many calories. It's time for me to stop eating what I want, I am back to my normal weight and time to get back to eating all the right stuff.

Some pics of Kansas City from inside Cheesecake Factory.


After eating, we headed back to Truman Hospital.


So very THANKFUL for this hospital. Angels work here.

On another note, my favorite author/artist, Nick Bantock is selling some of his work on Etsy. Who would have thought it!? Not me. I have been an avid admirer of his work since the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy. This is a fantasy that becomes real. I have read these books so many times and thought about the characters so much, that they are very real to me. I want to own at least once piece of his art. Just as soon as I get some extra cash I will purchase a piece. If for no other reason, I want my books and a piece of his art to give to my grand-daughter one day. If you have never read any of his books, you are missing out ! Go find a set for sale, buy them and find you a little corner on a quiet afternoon and take a wonderful journey into the lives of Griffin and Sabine. You'll be hooked for life. Griffin and Sabine will become a permanent parts of your heart and soul.


Griffin and Sabine are always waiting for me to pull them off the shelf and reacquaint myself with them.

All above photos by SPBM

And here are some of his works of art for sale in his Etsy shop.


06 December 2014

Perfect Halibut Recipe


I had some Halibut that my grandson and son-in-law caught on an Alaskan fishing trip. Was searching for an easy and quick recipe tonight and found one on allrecipe.com , halibut piccata recipe Let me tell you, it was amazing ! One I'll be making quite often. The sauce was so darn good I just want to eat it with a spoon.

My photos are not that good, it was already dark by the time dinner was cooked and honestly, I was in a big hurry to devour this stuff. I had some of the purple, red, and orange carrots and roasted them in the oven with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary, when almost ready to take out I drizzled a little pure maple syrup over them and put them back in the oven for a couple of minutes. They came out perfect and delicious. It is quite possible I could have eaten a skillet of these things.

Dream Home

So today I am visualizing living in this exquisite home. OMG, I am in love !!!
The winds could just pick me up and drop me inside this place and I would be a happy camper.
Images found on desiretoinspire.net

I adore the European feel and look of this place.

So for today, I will walk around my humble abode and pretend I am living in this majestic place.




 And for some positive thinking today on never giving up...

Image via Pinterest

03 December 2014

Update...Miscellaneous Things

Wow ! It has been a while since I posted. I've been busy trying to get some things made to get my Etsy handmade shop going. And making things for my kiddos, which I enjoy doing so very much.
I'm very thankful for being able to make things.

Dutch Baby Pancakes this morning.


My healing is coming along. I am so grateful that I have no paralysis from my surgery, and the numbness is gone. They expected it to take up to two years for the numbness to go away, and didn't know if it would every go away. It is so wonderful to feel my face again.

I have started some of my medicine to hopefully help with the symptoms; as of yet, I can't tell they make a difference. I was so hoping the one to help produce saliva would do something. And since the two medicines I am on are costing almost $500 a month, I wanted it to work miracles. Because I lived with this disease for so many years without treatment, they do not know if I ever be able to produce saliva again. I can't tell you how miserable it is to need a drink every few seconds, not to mention how hard it is to sleep. I have been sleeping a little better, but for about five years I have been waking up every 10-20 min. needing a drink. I can't swallow anything without having a drink with it. Makes life uncomfortable and very inconvenient. :(

I'm still believing for a miracle !!!

All in all, I am so very thankful to have had the best doctors, and two of the most amazing surgeons the universe could offer. And I cannot express my gratitude enough for Truman Hospital. I know I do this in almost every post, but I feel the need to express my gratitude in every thing I say and do.

One daughter and family was home for Thanksgiving, It was so wonderful !!! I was a bit fearful of not feeling up to cooking Thanksgiving and needing to be in bed, but I was up the entire time and cooked a great dinner. Not a lot of stuff, but the things we like the most. That worked out well anyway, I don't have a very large refrigerator and no place to keep a lot of leftovers. Having my two beautiful grand -kids here was awesome. So much to be thankful for.

Here are some pics of the little people in the family, modeling some things I have made for them.

All photos by spbm




Table Cover/Throw made with vintage fabrics. For sale in my Etsy Shop

Crazy Quilt Style Banner: For Sale in my Etsy Shop. I made stamps from fabric pieces and sewed on each pennant. 
 I have several of these head wraps listed for sale in my handmade Etsy shop.


Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cherries
photos by spbm

Quinoa Chili with Lime and Cilantro
photos by spbm

And remember this:

You are unrepeatable.
There is magic about you that is
all your own.

~d.m. dellinger

02 October 2014

Completed Projects

I'm trying to stay busy and keep my mind occupied with good thoughts. I want to get my Etsy handmade shop going in order to supplement income. It always seems to take a long time to get a new shop going. :(

Little A. has a birthday day coming up this month and I've been busy making some things I think she will like. Made her a couple of aprons, headbands/wraps, crocheted a slouchy hat for her, made a tooth fairy monster for our little E., who is just about to lose his first tooth, and made an Anthropologie style apron for my daughter. So many things to make...need more time in each day. If only I did not need to sleep, oh the things I could get done.

Here are some of the things I have made:


 Photos by spbm

One of the reversible aprons for A.



Photo by spbm

Head wrap for little A. These things are just fabulous. Will be making some and putting them in my Etsy shop.


 photo by spbm

Crochet Slouchy Hat for little A.


photo by spbm

The Tooth Fairy Monster for little E.. My design.

                            photo by spbm

Another reversible apron for little A.
I will be making some of these and putting them in my Etsy shop. Leave a message if you are interested in one, or in anything else I have posted. Would be so happy to make something custom for you.

photo by spbm

Anthropologie style apron I made for my daughter. Yep, I will be making more of these to put in my Etsy shop.

photo by spbm

Apron for little E. I made this one from ticking and a red bandanna.

Thanks for looking.

Wishing and hoping for a beautiful weekend ahead for all.